Discussion ONE

This week are going to read Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” and then go to Youtube and view and listen to Plath herself reading her poem “Daddy.” Then, while on YouTube, listen to oliviam16 read Plath’s poem “Mirror.” After you are finished, return to the our Discussion and answer the following questions:

1) How different is the experience of reading “Daddy” as opposed to hearing Plath read it and seeing the video? Explain?

2) Does the poem, “Mirror” work with the mirror itself as the poem’s narrator? Why or why not?

3) What do you particularly like or dislike about either poem? Explain and give examples.

4) How does Plath use the imagery of Nazi Germany in her poem? Does it work? Why? How?

5) What does the narrator of “Daddy” mean when she says, “If I have killed one man, I have killed two”? Explain.

6) Does the narrator seem to love or hate her father? Explain.

7) Is the poem “Mirror” about changes? If so, what changes?

8) If you have anything, any comment, any question, anything at all further to post about either poem, please do so.

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Discussion TWO

After reading Tim O’Brien’s classic war story “The Things They Carried,” post responses and discussions to some of these questions about the story:

Why do most students say that they like this story?

What is the importance of the title? Does the title work for you as a reader? Does the title have a different meaning after you have read the story?

How does the story move from the physical things the men carry to the more intangible? Does this movement or back and forth analysis of “the things they carry” work for you as a reader? How? Why?

Which of the two types of things they carry is the heavier burden? Why?

Which of the men carries the most? Why is this so?

Does Lt. Cross’s name have any significance? Explain.

Does Lt. Cross think he will go back home and marry Martha?

How are the letters like the pebble? What do both mean to Lt. Cross?

Is there a common denominator for what the men collectively think about? What would that be?

Lt. Cross is about 25 years old. When he is 50 will he still remember any of these experiences, in other words, carry them? Why? How does this relate to the poem by Thomas Hardy that we write about this week?

What is it that frustrates the soldier about the letter he mailed to his dead friend’s family? How can this be related to adjusting to a “normal” life after a combat tour?

These men were in Viet Nam. Is there a chance that something like this happened in Iraq? In Afghanistan? at Gettysburg? before the gates at Troy?

Note: I need to reply other student ‘s reply,but Replies are only visible to those who have posted at reply, so i will give you other student’s reply after I post my answer.

 
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